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July 31, 2014

Tonight Picks: Free Movie Screening At Paine’s Park, Special Events At The Oval, BlackStar Film Festival Kicks Off, Star Trek Into Darkness At The Mann And More

Pack a picnic (and BYOB!) and head to The Mann for a screening of West Side Story accompanied by the ever-loved Philadelphia Orchestra. (Photo courtesy The Mann Center for the Performing Arts)

Pack a picnic (and BYOB!) and head to The Mann for a screening of West Side Story accompanied by the ever-loved Philadelphia Orchestra. (Photo courtesy The Mann Center for the Performing Arts)

It’s the final night of The Mann Center’s summer movie series with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Treat yourself to an evening of film and music as The Philadelphia Orchestra provides the soundtrack for Star Trek Into Darkness. Lawn seats are just $14.50 and guests are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and BYOB. Deal.

While a number of the free outdoor movie screenings take a beak this evening, the folks behind the screenings at the Schuylkill Banks keep on keeping on with a free screening of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World at Paine’s Park, last summer’s skate park addition to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

A few blocks away from Paine’s Park, The Oval continues to host a variety of free happenings this evening, look forward to a screen printing workshop, a drumming performance and more.

Also tonight, BlackStar Film Festival kicks off with a number of events at a number of venues in the city.

Our top picks for tonight, below

Free Screening of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World at Paine’s Park: Tonight, Paine’s Park, last year’s skate park addition to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, hosts a free screening of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Presented by the Schuylkill Banks Development Corporation, the screening also promises free snacks, beverages and raffles before showtime. The movie is slated to begin at 8:15 p.m.

When: Thursday, July 31, 8:15 p.m.
Where: Schuylkill Banks by the Walnut Street Bridge
Cost: Free

Special Events at The Oval: Tonight, The Oval keeps up the summer fun with a performance by the KyoDaiko Japanese Taiko Drummers, a screen printing workshop with Candy Coated, its well-loved beer garden and more.

When: Thursday, July 31
Where: The Oval, 2601 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Free

BlackStar Film Festival: The BlackStar Film Festival kicks off with a variety of film screening and events this evening. Tonight alone, look forward to a documentary film screenings, question and answer sessions with filmmakers and the opening night reception. Check out our guide.

When: Thursday, July 31
Where: Various Locations
Cost: Varies

The Mann Center presents Star Trek Into Darkness with The Philadelphia Orchestra: Tonight, The Philadelphia Orchestra performs the soundtrack of Star Trek Into Darkness at The Mann Center. Lawn seats start at just $14.50 making for a super affordable night of live music and film. Bonus: Guests are encouraged to make a night of it and pack a picnic dinner — and BYOB, too. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the movie starts at 8 p.m.

When: Thursday, July 31, 8 p.m.
Where: The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Avenue
Cost: $14.50-$75

Free Yoga at Race Street Pier: Attention yogis, Race Street Pier hosts a free yoga class tonight at 6 p.m. Bring your yoga mat (and a few friends) for an evening of yoga on the waterfront.

When: Thursday, July 31, 6 p.m.
Where: Race Street Pier, Columbus Boulevard at Race Street
Cost: Free

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July 31, 2014

Celebrate Jerry Garcia’s Birthday At North Bowl With A Pop-Up Beer Garden, Vendors, Grateful Dead Tunes And Drink Specials, Friday, August 1

North Bowl

North Bowl throws a big birthday party for Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia this Friday, August 1. (Image courtesy North Bowl)

On August 1, 2014, iconic musician Jerry Garcia would have been 72 years old.

The late Grateful Dead frontman inspired a generation of hippie rockers, and continues to influence musicians across nearly every genre — from rock, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae and country to improvisational jazz, psychedelia and space rock.

This Friday, August 1, celebrate the life, music and spirit of Jerry Garcia at a come-one, come-all birthday party at North Bowl in Northern Liberties, a retro-feeling bowling alley, bar, restaurant and lounge.

Getting started at 7 p.m., Jerry’s Birthday Bash pays tribute to Jerry and the whole Deadhead culture with an indoor-outdoor shindig.

The lanes will be open indoors for rolling, but outside is where the party will really get down.

North Bowl’s parking lot on Second Street will be transformed into a one-night beer garden with plenty of Jerry-inspired drink specials (Sunshine Daydream, anyone?) and a NoLibs version of “Shakedown Street,” as the vendor area of Grateful Dead concert parking lots is known.

Vendors on tap to peddle goods include artists, jewelry designers, a soap maker, a potter and a botanist.

Also inside the beer tent, partygoers can check out projections of live Grateful Dead show footage and jam out to Dead tunes.

The birthday party lasts until 2 a.m., giving folks plenty of time to keep on keepin’ on.

Jerry’s Birthday Bash
When: Friday, August 1, 7 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where: North Bowl, 909 N. 2nd Street
Cost: Pay as you go
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July 31, 2014

The Martha Graham Cracker Spectacular Celebrates The Cabaret’s 9th Anniversary, This Saturday, August 2 At Johnny Brenda’s

The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret throws a party for its 9th anniversary, this Saturday, August 2 at Johnny Brenda's. (Photo courtesy Johnny Brenda's)

The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret throws a party for its 9th anniversary, this Saturday, August 2 at Johnny Brenda’s. (Photo courtesy Johnny Brenda’s)

Celebrate nine years of the Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret with a one-of-a-kind performance celebration at Johnny Brenda’s, this Saturday, August 2.

One of the city’s best-known and most-beloved drag queens, Martha Graham Cracker is a local legend played by Dito Van Reigersber, also of the awesome Pig Iron Theatre Company, a Philly-based company that presents boundary-pushing shows all year long.

Martha always brings dynamic energy and fabulous camp, and this weekend’s show is no exception. Guests can expect performances of original songs as well as mashups of hits from Prince, Nina Simone, Motley Crue and more.

Before the main act starts, Rumi Kitchen, Johnny Showcase and other musical acts will provide live entertainment to warm up the crowd.

Following the cabaret performance, stick around for a DJ set by DJ Phil Sumpter.

Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show begins at 9 p.m.

Ticket $15, are available online.

Martha Graham Cracker’s 9th Anniversary Spectacular at Johnny Brenda’s
When: Saturday, August 2, 8 p.m.
Where: Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Avenue
Cost: $15
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July 31, 2014

The Annual Iron Hill Twilight Race Series Brings A Fun-Filled Afternoon Of Bike Racing, A Block Party And More To West Chester, Saturday, August 2

Iron Hill Twilight Race Series West Chester

The 10th Annual Iron Hill Twilight Criterium is the marquee event of a race-filled weekend during the Iron Hill Twilight Race Series this weekend. (Photo by Piper Media Productions)

Yet another reason to love Philly: one of the east coast’s most important and popular professional bike races takes place right in our backyard.

This Saturday, August 2, crowds and bike riders will gather in West Chester for the 10th annual Iron Hill Twilight Race Series, an afternoon and evening of racing and other outdoor festivities.

One of the event’s highlights will undoubtedly be the Twilight Trike Challenge, where adults will speed along on kid-style three-wheelers. Awards will be given for three categories: fastest times, best costumed rider and best tricked-out trike.

Plus, Mike McGrath, host of “You Bet Your Garden” on WHYY, will be on hand to talk to crowds and answer questions.

The main event begins at 7:45 p.m. when hundreds of bike riders will compete in the Iron Hill Twilight Criterium, a high-speed, 0.6-mile race across eight city blocks. You won’t want to miss it!

This fun-filled day will also include a slew of other exciting events like the Pro-Am Women’s Criterium, the West Chester Dental Arts Kids’ Race, the Market Street Block Party, the Kinetic Physical Therapy Community Festival, a AAA Travel Kids Zone and performances form BMX stunt riders.

Check out the full lineup and schedule online.

10th Annual Iron Hill Twilight Race Series
When: Saturday, August 2
Where: Gay and High streets, West Chester, PA
Cost: Free
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July 31, 2014

Thomas The Tank Engine Visits The Garden Railway At Morris Arboretum This Weekend, August 2-3

This weekend, August 2 and 3, Morris Arboretum Thomas the Tank Engine winds through the Arboretum's Garden Railway. (Photo courtesy Morris Arboretum)

This weekend, August 2 and 3, Morris Arboretum Thomas the Tank Engine winds through the Arboretum’s Garden Railway. (Photo courtesy Morris Arboretum)

Bring the kids!

This weekend, August 2 and 3, Morris Arboretum invites a special train to its Garden Railway tracks — Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends.

Watch Thomas the Tank engine wind through the quarter-mile track which features miniature buildings made completely of natural materials. Throughout the railroad, guests can expect seven loops, 15 rail lines, nine bridges, two cable cars and even a bridge to walk under.

Guests will also delight at the sights of in-season plants and flowers surrounding the tracks.

Admission to the train tracks is included in the price of general admission.

Admission is $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens and $8 for students and youth. Admission is free for members, PennCard holders and children under the age of 3.

Thomas The Tank Engine at Morris Arboretum
When: August 2-3
Where: Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Avenue
Cost: Included in the price of general admission
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July 31, 2014

Our Top Picks For First Friday In Philadelphia With The Visit Philly Beer Garden Series At Frankford Hall, Fringe Festival Fun, Bacon Fest At The Oval And More On Friday, August 1

First Friday Philadelphia

The neighborhoods of Philadelphia welcome culture hounds to galleries, shops and restaurants — including Little Baby’s in Fishtown — to celebrate the first Friday of the month. (Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

It’s time to check in to a summer weekend filled with arts and urban nightlife: this Friday, August 1 is First Friday in Philadelphia.

On the first Friday of every month, art-loving Philadelphians pour into galleries, museums and streets for festive art crawls, receptions and artsy events all across town.

This month, unseasonably gorgeous weather inspires many an event and art space to break out exhibitions and events worthy of summer nights.

From an outdoor ode to bacon on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to a celebration of the upcoming Fringe Festival on the Delaware River Waterfront, First Friday events thrive all across town.

Remember, beyond our picks there’s tons more action on arts corridors in Old City, Fishtown and Manayunk in particular.

Take note: The Frankford Avenue Arts Corridor offerings might be a little light this month, but that’s due to the neighborhood’s focus on developing a humongous Frankford Avenue First Friday Fracas, an art crawl and street festival on Friday, September 5.

Our picks for August’s First Friday, below.

Visit Philly Beer Garden Happy Hour Series at Frankford Hall: Every Friday this summer, the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series has traveled to one of our city’s great outdoor beer gardens to pop up during happy hour with deals on local craft brews and fun summertime giveaways. This Friday, the series visits Frankford Hall for First Friday with specials on Yards Brewing Company ale, freebies and more. Join us!

When: Friday, August 1, 4-7 p.m.
Where: Frankford Hall,
Cost: Pay as you go; $4 craft beer

2014 Fringe Festival Guide Launch Party at FringeArts: Philadelphia’s Fringe Festival returns September 5-21, with 17 days filled with hundreds of performances. This First Friday, celebrate the forthcoming fest and snag a just-published festival guide at a festive affair held at the FringeArts space and at Race Street Pier. Check out live music (generated from plants!), experimental tech-pop and dance performances by a lineup of artists curated by King Britt and Kate Watson-Wallace. Check here for the complete performance schedule.

When: Friday, August 1, 5:30-9 p.m.
Where: FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard, and Race Street Pier
Cost: Free

Perry Wuz Here: An “Art” Show and Exploitation of a Crooked Mind Under the Influence of Ice Cream at Little Baby’s: The ever-humorous and always-creative team at Little Baby’s Ice Cream hosts “local Philadelphia creator of all things stupid” Perry Shall for a show (there might be a giant ice cream sculpture) and a special ice cream flavor (it’s a surprise).

When: Friday, August 1, 6 p.m.
Where: Little Baby’s Ice Cream World Headquarters, 2311 Frankford Avenue
Cost: Free; Pay as you go food

First Friday! at The Barnes Foundation: Start the weekend by chilling out and taking in the lovely architecture and marvelous collection at The Barnes Foundation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. For this month’s First Friday programming, Cézanne as Muse, celebrate the temporary exhibition The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne. For $25 (free for members), take in the special exhibition, the permanent collection, live music by the Relâche Ensemble and Peter Price, a talk on Cézanne and live DJ sets. Tickets, $25, are available online.

When: Friday, August 1, 6-9 p.m.
Where: The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: $25; members, free

Frankford Hall

Frankford Hall is the site of the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series happy hour this Friday, August 1 — and one stop on a great First Friday venue crawl. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

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Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Every Friday night, art lovers can take in the superb collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in a festive after-dark affair with live music, a cash bar and late hours. This Friday, the festivities take on an Italian accent with the spotlight on Italian conservatory-trained musicians Discanto. Plus, the museum’s restaurant, Granite Hill, hosts a good ol’ fashioned clam bake dinner this Friday. The multi-course seasonal feast runs $39 per person, and reservations are required. Gallery tours are offered throughout the evening, too, and there is no additional charge for performances or guided tours after museum admission.

When: Friday, August 1, 5-8:45 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Great Stair Hall, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Free with museum admission

• Bacon Fest at The Oval: This Friday, August 1, The Awesome Fest teams up with The Oval for the second annual Philadelphia Bacon Fest — a full night of bacon foodstuffs with a side of Kevin Bacon. Start with bacon samples before jamming out to live music and watching Kevin Bacon in a free screening of Apollo 13.

When: Friday, August 1, 5 p.m.
Where: The Oval, 2601 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Pay as you go

Corner Store (Take-Out Stories) at Asian Arts Initiative: The Asian Arts Initiative’s current exhibition explores the corner store as the keystone of cross-cultural communication, and a potential ground for social as well as economic growth. In addition, the collaborative project between artists Keir Johnston and Ernel Martinez of Amber Art and Design will invite the participation of Youth Arts Workshop students. During this free reception, engage with guests from The Food Trust’s Healthy Corner Store Initiative, meet the artists of Corner Store and learn about increase access to healthy foods. Check out this ongoing exhibition, which will be on view through August 22.

When: Friday, August 1, 6-8 p.m.
Where: 1219 Vine Street
Cost: Free

Movies Under The Stars And Stripes at the Betsy Ross House: The Betsy Ross House welcomes warmer temperatures with alfresco movie screenings of classic horror films from the 1950s and 1960s every First Friday. This Friday, beginning at dusk, tune in to a showing of The Brain That Wouldn’t Die, a sci-fi thriller. Tickets, $5, are available online include access to the film screening and a tour of the Betsy Ross House.

When: Friday, August 1, movie begins at dusk, approximately 8 p.m.
Where: Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street
Cost: $5

• Game Night at the Chemical Heritage Foundation: In Old City, stop at the Chemical Heritage Foundation for its free and brainy Game Night. Play chemistry-themed games and check out ChemCrafter, a new chemistry-set iPad app developed by BlueCadet Interactive.

When: Friday, August 1, 5-8 p.m.
Where: The Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut Street
Cost: Free

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July 31, 2014

Contest Alert: Enter The Made In America Weekend Giveaway Sweepstakes To Win A Pair Of Two-Day Passes To The Music Festival And A Two-Night Hotel Stay In Philadelphia

Made in America

The Made in America Music Festival will take over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with continuous musical entertainment for two full days, August 30-31. Enter below to score free passes! (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

Are you ready to rock, Philadelphia?

Jay Z’s epic Made in America Music Festival returns to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for Labor Day Weekend 2014 on August 30 and 31, and we are psyched.

This third year of the blockbuster urban music fest is going bicoastal, with simultaneous concerts here in Philadelphia and in Los Angeles on August 30 and 31.

Famously curated by Jay Z, Made in America boasts an impressive roster of artists, including Kayne West, Kings of Leon, Pharrell Williams, The National, De La Soul, Girl Talk, Chromeo, J. Cole, Spoon and many more.

Tickets to the two-day fest are already on sale here, and single-day general admission starts at $106.70, with a two-day pass running $168.70 and two-day VIP passes topping out at $526.30.

Longing to go, but not to damage your wallet?

Now, we’re giving you the chance to experience all of the amazing music and festival action in-person.

Starting today, the Made In America Weekend Giveaway Sweepstakes has launched right here, on and

Enter on any of our sites daily to win the grand prize of a pair of two-day passes and a two-night hotel stay at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel.

But there’s not only one winner. In addition to the grand prize winner, two first-prize winners will each receive a pair of two-day passes to this can’t-miss musical event.

Enter the Made In America Weekend Giveaway Sweepstakes below once daily through 5 p.m. on Monday, August 18 for a chance to win our grand prize or one of the two first prizes.

For the complete contest rules, check here.

Stay tuned right here for more info on Made In America as the festival approaches.

2014 Made In America Festival
When: August 30-31
Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Ticket prices vary
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July 30, 2014

Tonight Picks: Center City Sips, Shakespeare In Clark Park, West Side Story At The Mann, Beer Garden Happenings, Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday At The PMA And NMAJH And More

Silk City in Philadelphia

The weather tonight is absolutely perfect for any one of the great outdoor events on ap for the evening including Center City Sips, beer garden hangouts and more. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

The sunny skies and humidity-free weather tonight make heading outside mandatory.

Luckily, between beer garden happenings, Center City Sips, Shakespeare in the Park and more, there are plenty of alfresco events to supply outings for every taste.

Wednesday night means Center City Sips, more than 80 bars open their doors for a citywide happy hour featuring sweet food and drink deals. Plus, we’ve just published a brand-new roundup of the top alfresco spots for Center City Sips.

Beyond Sips, performing arts takes the literal stage as Shakespeare in Clark Park returns for its free summer run in the West Philly park, and The Mann Center presents West Side Story with a live score performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Our top picks for tonight, below.

Center City Sips: Raise a glass to summer as Center City Sips continues. From 5 to 7 p.m., sip discounted drinks ($3 beer, $4 wine and $5 cocktails) and fill up on half-priced appetizers. The weather tonight is gorgeous, so check out our brand-new roundup of the top 10 alfresco spots to enjoy Center City Sips.

When: Wednesday, July 30, 5-7 p.m.
Where: Participating Bars
Cost: $5 Cocktails, $4 Beer, $3 Wine, Half-priced appetizers

Shakespeare in Clark Park presents Henry IV: Your Price and Mine: Beginning tonight, Shakespeare in Clark Park revisits the West Philadelphia green space for another summer of free outdoor theatrical performances. The talented team behind Shakespeare in Clark Park presents its rendition of the epic Shakespearean tragedy Henry IV nightly through August 3. Plus, the production receives an additional injection of community spirit as 100 extras pulled from the Philadelphia community participate in a battle scene. Tonight’s show begins at 7 p.m. and is totally free. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy the show.

When: Wednesday, July 30, 7 p.m.
Where: Clark Park, 43rd and Baltimore Avenue
Cost: Free

West Side Story at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts: Tonight, The Mann Center for the Performing Arts presents West Side Story with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Listen to our city’s well-loved orchestra perform the musical’s soundtrack while watching the film on the big screen. Be sure to bring a picnic (and BYOB!) for pre-show hanging. Get there early to take advantage of free dance demos and lessons from Main Line Ballroom — and to picnic! Doors open at 6 p.m., the film begins at 8 p.m.

When: Wednesday, July 30, 8 p.m.
Where: The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Avenue
Cost: $14.50-$75

Hang Out at a Beer Garden: It’s no secret that Philadelphia’s beer garden scene is killing it this summer. Within the past month, there have been a slew of beer garden openings including Independence Beer Garden, The Oval and PHS Pop-Up Garden. The recent openings join some of the city’s tried-and-true beer gardens like Silk City, Frankford Hall and Morgan’s Pier — and tonight is a great night to cool off with an alfresco brew at a beer garden. Click here for our picks for the best beer gardens in Philadelphia.

When: Wednesday, July 30
Where: Various locations
Cost: Pay as you go

Bar Volvér Wednesdays: Kicking off tonight, chef Jose Garces’ Volvér debuts a new Wednesday night happy hour from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy bar snacks starting at just $1 and cocktails and wine for $8 a glass. The full happy hour menu is available right here.

When: Wednesday, July 30, 5-7:30 p.m.
Where: Volver, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost: Pay as you go

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July 30, 2014

Reminder: Get Ready For The Bassmaster Elite Tournament Series, Four Days Of Angler Action On The Delaware River, August 7-10

The world's top anglers will set their lines in the Delaware River for the Bassmaster Elite Professional Tournament next week, August 7-10. (Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia)

Get ready for some serious fishing action, Philadelphia.

A series of nine tournaments throughout 2014, the Bassmaster Elite Series Professional Tournament welcomes the world’s top anglers to Philadelphia this summer to cast their lines during four days of competition, August 7-10.

Competition Overview

Held on the Delaware River, the four-day, catch-and-release match is Philadelphia’s first-ever major professional fishing tournament.

Each day, the tournament sets off at 6:15 a.m. at the Frankford Arsenal, a former United States Army ammunition plant in northeast Philadelphia, and wraps up with a weigh-in at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing at 3:15 p.m.

The Delaware River, the seventh stop in the Bassmaster Elite Series, is expected to offer a challenge to the pros with its dramatic tidal fluctuations. Competition is expected to be intense, with a $100,000 top prize up for grabs.

With the 4.3 million licensed anglers within a four-hour driving radius of Philadelphia, the on-river action should be closely watched and the festivities surrounding the tournament ought to be very well attended.

Special Events

Sports fishing fans can join in the fun with activities on Penn’s Landing including concerts, vendors and an interactive, family-friendly expo complete with games and giveaways.

Kicking of on Thursday, August 7 and running through Sunday, August 10, free, family-friendly entertainment on land runs concurrently with the on-river competition.

Penn’s Landing’s summer programming continues with Screenings Under the Stars showing (appropriately) Jaws at Penn’s Landing on Thursday, August 7 and Smooth Jazz Summer Nights on Friday August 8.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Bassmaster Elite Series Tournament Expo amps up the on-land fun with celebrations for sports fishing fans. Open Saturday (noon-10 p.m.) and Sunday (noon-5 p.m.), the expo will feature daily on the water demos and tours from top boat manufacturers, daily giveaways and official Bassmaster Elite Series Merchandise

Plus, the tournament presents a great excuse to get down to Spruce Street Harbor Park, the temporary public park, hammock grove and floating beer garden at Penn’s Landing.

Beyond the waterfront, the Philadelphia Phillies support Bassmasters by offering a deal to fishing fans on tickets to Phillies’ games August 5-10. Use code “BASS14″ for deals on seats in locations normally $38 or less. Tickets are subject to availability.

For more information on the Bassmasters Elite Series Professional Tournament, click here.

Bassmaster Elite Tournament
When: August 7-10
Where: Delaware River
Cost: Pay as you go
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Previously: Save The Date: The Bassmaster Elite Tournament Series Arrives For Four Days Of Angler Competition On The Delaware River, August 7-10

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July 30, 2014

The Philadelphia Bacon Fest At The Oval Returns For Its 2nd Year Of Live Music, Food Trucks And A Free Outdoor Screening Of A Film Starring Kevin Bacon, This Friday, August 1

The Oval in Philadelphia

Looking for Friday night plans? Head to The Oval for the 2nd annual Bacon Fest, a night of bacon treats, music and a screening of Apollo 13 — starring Kevin Bacon. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

This Friday, August 1, The Awesome Fest teams up with The Oval for the second annual Philadelphia Bacon Fest — a full night of bacon foodstuffs with a side of Kevin Bacon.

Gear up for the city’s favorite bacon festival as The Oval hosts themed programming all day long. Enjoy free bacon samples (turkey bacon, beef bacon, maple bacon and chicken bacon!) from Godshall’s Quality Meats, bacon-themed games, a raffle, and photo opportunities with a model of Apollo 13 made entirely out of bacon — wait, a bacon rocket? Yes.

Later in the night, the bacon model of Apollo 13 will be launched into the sky by the good folks of The Franklin Institute.

Beginning at 5 p.m., the party really starts when DJ Apt One and lil’Dave take the stage for a full hour of live music. Following the music, from 6 to 7 p.m., chef Jack McDavid of Jack’s Firehouse and the Downhome Diner whips up one-of-kind bacon dishes and offers up his cooking knowledge with a chat.

Following the cooking demonstration, the two bands resume their jam sessions, leading up to the spotlight on Philadelphia hometown hero, Kevin Bacon.

At 9 p.m., the festivities round out with a free outdoor screening of Apollo 13, starring Kevin Bacon, of course. (No, the actor is not scheduled to make an appearance.)

Throughout the festival, guests are encouraged to fill up on plates from a number of food trucks including Sum Pig, Oink and Moo, Undrgrnd Donuts and Braz BQ.

The Oval’s awesome beer garden will be up and running for the event, too, so be sure to get your alfresco drink on.

Bacon Fest at The Oval
When: Friday, August 1, 5 p.m.
Where: The Oval, 2601 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Pay as you go
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